* From a Southern Illinoisan editorial entitled “Free Advice for Topinka replacement”…
Well, Mr. Governor-Elect, you spoke a lot during the campaign about working “across the aisle” to get things done. Here’s your limited-time, risk-free opportunity to take it out for a spin while short-circuiting Democrats Pat Quinn and AG Lisa Madigan from creating an unnecessary special election two years from now.
Our simple free advice: nominate Sheila Simon to be the state’s next Comptroller.
And to ease the time crunch involved in your transition, we’ve taken the liberty of drafting your appointment speech:
I am today pleased to appoint Sheila Simon to be the next Comptroller of the great state of Illinois. I again commend the accomplishments of the late Judy Baar Topinka and the service she gave to Illinoisans for decades. And, out of respect to Judy and a sense of commitment to our state’s future, nominate the next most capable person to replace her.
Homers to the bitter end.
* From an Ottawa Times editorial entitled “Voters spoke, now here come the budget cuts”…
As most people understand by now, Illinois does not actually have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem. There has never been more money flowing into state coffers. There’s also never been more owed, and demand continues to outstrip supply.[…]
If Rauner has his way, the income tax rate will drop from from 5 percent to 3.75 percent on New Year’s Day.
It’s true that there has never been more money flowing into state coffers. But almost all that money is going to one thing: Pension payments. Until the Times figures out how to cut that gigantic bill, we have a revenue problem. Also, past due state bills are way down from where they were a few years ago. And the income tax is partially expiring on New Year’s Day regardless of Rauner, who won’t even be sworn in until January 12th.